Deastro - Moondagger (2009)
It's not even a stretch to imagine Deastro's Randolph Chabot once owning a Trapper Keeper overflowing with drawings of verdant kingdoms, threatened by a nasty King of Darkness, and a plucky protagonist battling through vast hordes of fantasy-novel nerdom for the coveted Moondagger. The point-and-click wet dream with the same name sets the 22-year-old Detroit native up as a full-fledged synthpop Link. The Master Synth anyone? Maybe we're not that far off. Chabot did all the artwork for his previous releases and his Myspace denotes his influences with animated gifs of a slobbering Venom or dancing Bugs Bunny.
Moondagger follows the monstrously popular eMusic.com demo compilation Keepers, which Deastro recorded in his parent's basement, and released last year. The full-band lineup now features Jeff Supina (drums), Mark Smak (electric guitar), and Brian Connelly (bass, keyboard). Plus, the album's got a Beach Boys-meets-Armageddon track entitled: “Daniel Johnston Was Stabbed in the Heart with the Moondagger by the King of Darkness and His Ghost Is Writing this Song as a Warning to All of Us." M83 and Dan Deacon fans take heed. There's a new superhero in the skies. PREFIXMAG